Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Washington State Allows Gay Marriages

“Isn’t it time?” The Governor of Washington shouted the question to the gathered hopeful. “Welcome to the other side of the rainbow!”
by Charlie Leck

Governor of Washington, Christine Gregoire, signed legislation that provides same sex couples equal rights under the state’s marriage law. It is significant that Governor Gregoire is a catholic and she is under intense fire for her action even as she was when the bill arrived at her desk from the state’s legislative Assembly.

In a ceremony at the state’s capitol building in Olympia, the governor addressed a happy gathering and, with a huge smile, said: “Isn’t it time?” The crowd erupted with applause and cheers.

“My friends,” the Governor added, “welcome to the other side of the rainbow!”

The State of Washington joined five (5) other states that have such laws – Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. The District of Columbia also allows same-sex marriages.

However, here in Minnesota, some seek to pass a highly discriminatory constitutional amendment that would define marriage as only between a man and a woman. Of course, I and thousands of other activists are working diligently against the amendment. You can join us by signing up at Minnesotans United for All Families. Give funds to support the campaign against the amendment. Get involved in a number of ways: You can host a house party to talk with your neighbors about the amendment; you can volunteer to work phones or distribute signs; you can join one or more professional or nationality groups that have been organized (e.g., business, women, lawyers, Asian); or come up with you own ideas about what to do to defeat this amendment to our state constitution.

If an amendment were to pass in our state, it would be forever and a day before we would ever be able to take the kind of step that Washington has so proudly taken.

Opposition to the amendment is very bi-partisan and crosses easily over party lines. In last week’s caucus gatherings, resolutions opposing the amendment were passed in many Republican and Democratic gatherings.

Friends from other states are also invited to support Minnesotans United for All Families. Your contributions to our work would be greatly appreciated.

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